The Long-Run Effects of Peers on Mental Health
Lukas Kiessling () and
Jonathan Norris ()
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Jonathan Norris: University of Strathclyde
No 2020_12, Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods from Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
This paper studies how peers in school affect students’ mental health. Guided by a theoretical framework, we find that increasing students’ relative ranks in their cohorts by one standard deviation improves their mental health by 6% of a standard deviation conditional on own ability. These effects are more pronounced for low-ability students, persistent for at least 14 years, and carry over to economic long-run outcomes. Moreover, we document a strong asymmetry: Students who receive negative rather than positive shocks react more strongly. Our findings therefore provide evidence on how the school environment can have long-lasting consequences for the well-being of individuals.
Keywords: Peer Effects; Mental Health; Depression; Rank Effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I14 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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